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What is DBT? What are the Benefits of DBT?

DBT or dialectical behavior therapy is a combination of behavioral and cognitive therapies that provide healthy and positive mechanisms so that the patient can handle painful emotions. In the 1970s, Marsha Lean, Ph.D., developed DBT for treating borderline personality disorders. The patients are taught to control self-defeating thoughts, increase self-awareness, handle conflict and stress, and modify thinking through the process of DBT.

Benefits of DBT

The patients are helped through DBT by aiming at focused, organized and very specified on changing the harmful behaviors.

Here are a few benefits of DBT:

  • DBT helps in reducing risks of self-harming or suicidal behavior
  • DBT helps in reducing interfering behaviors
  • DBT helps in reducing behaviors that interfere with quality of life
  • DBT helps in learning and mastering mood-independent life choices behavior skills
  • DBT helps in reducing symptoms that are related to depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma
  • DBT helps to sustain self-respect
  • DBT helps to assist in creating a life worth living with setting goals in order

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What Can be Treated With DBT?

Borderline personality disorder used to be treated by DBT originally. Gradually, it is used to treat a person who is having various emotional and/or behavioral issues.

Following are a few disorders that can be treated with DBT:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Addiction or Chemical Dependency
  • Eating Disorder
  • Depression Disorder
  • PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

DBT is incorporated increasingly in the treatment of eating disorder, for example, binge eating, bulimia, emotional eating, compulsive eating, and anorexia because DBT emphasizes on to regulate emotions and find coping mechanisms that are healthier. Eating Disorder happens mostly because of impulsive behavior, deep negative emotions, and is a desperate attempt to get relief from psychological or emotional pain. For treating the life-threatening conditions such as eating disorder, DBT is a natural fit.

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